The use of corticosteroids in coronavirus infections is associated with increased risk of death and side effects, such as bacterial infections and hypokalaemia, researchers have said.
Among people with hypertension, the severity of COVID-19 is not associated with the use of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers, data from Wuhan, China, suggest.
Daily multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings significantly reduced the length of hospital stay for patients with COPD, a study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association has found.
Adults with non-valvular atrial fibrillation prescribed apixaban have a lower rate of ischaemic stroke and systemic blood clots compared with those prescribed rivaroxaban, according to a retrospective cohort study in Annals of Internal Medicine.
Neurological symptoms are common in patients with COVID-19, particularly if they have a severe infection, research published in JAMA Neurology suggests.
The development of myocardial injury in COVID-19 patients is associated with an increased risk of death, researchers have found.
There is insufficient evidence in the literature to indicate whether antiretroviral medicines are effective in treating or preventing coronavirus infections, the authors of a systematic review have concluded.
The benefits of delivering buprenorphine by subcutaneous implant, rather than by sublingual tablet, for the treatment of opioid dependence outweigh the risks, research published in BMJ Evidence Based Medicine sugggests
The estimated death rate from COVID-19 is 0.66% when unconfirmed cases are taken into account, researchers have calculated.
Smoking, as well as older age, is associated with progression of COVID-19 symptoms, results from a small study published in the Chinese Medical Journal have suggested.
The virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, can survive on some surfaces for a matter of days, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests.
Half of people with mild symptoms of COVID-19 remained “viral positive” after their condition resolved, a small study from a Beijing hospital has suggested.
Interventions supporting medicines continuity in older people are most successful in preventing hospital readmission when they bridge the gap between hospital discharge and returning home.
More lifestyle support needed for patients starting medicines for cardiovascular disease, study concludesSubscription
People who initiate statins or antihypertensive medicines are more likely to become obese or physically inactive compared with people who do not, a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests.